I don’t think it’s really a secret that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are a difficult day for many. However, growing up with two parents in the home, I never could comprehend what that would be like. But the older I get, the more I start to understand. I have met so many people with estranged relationships with their father, the absence of a father, or their father having passed away. Each and every time it breaks my heart and reminds me to tell my dad how much I love him. Even through tragedy and pain, God can use this weekend to reach into the lives of those without an earthly father and show that He is there.

2 Corinthians 6:18 says it straight: “And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, said the Lord Almighty.” God has promised us that even if we don’t get to experience the love or tenderness of an earthly father, that He is there with open arms already loving you and teaching you so well. God is the perfect father. He protects, disciplines, loves so hard, teaches, and is literally always there. In every moment of loneliness, God is waiting for you to call out to Him. Through any amount of pain, He is ready to wipe the tears and give you comfort.

I’m aware at how easy it is for me to speak these words. I have a dad, a great dad even. But my dad is only human. He cannot read my mind, He is not there at every moment of weakness. And now that I’m living on my own, He can’t even see my emotions all of the time. My dad is amazing, but he cannot be there at every moment of need, yet God can. God is honestly raising us and has been raising us since the moment He breathed life into our lungs!

Proverbs 4:11-12 says, “I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” When we cling closely to our Heavenly Father, we can navigate through life so much easier. When the storms come, He is our refuge. When we feel like giving up, His Word is right there to encourage and lift us. God will always be on your team. He wrote your story and guides you through life. Although you may run from Him, He will never run from you.

God may not be able to replace the memories of an absent father with one who was there, but He can be a source of protection, love, and strength when you don’t feel safe, loved, or strong. Father’s Day will be a difficult weekend for many. For while we are on this Earth, loss and disappointment and pain are a guarantee. But we can rejoice in knowing that when our time here is done, God will be there welcoming you with the love of a father you never knew and the love of the father you lost.

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